Thank you for visiting our water testing resource page. Here you will guide you through resources that will help you understand your report, how your results impact your health, and more!
How do I read my report?
The first column of your test results show the contaminants that were included in your test kit. This is the Analyte column. You can toggle the arrow next to each contaminant to find out more about how that contaminant typically ends up in tap water and what, if any, impact it is known to have on health.
The second column indicates how much, if any, of the contaminant was found in your water sample. This is the Result column. Most contaminants are measured in parts per million (ppm) unless otherwise indicated.
In the 3rd column, we provide an assessment of the amount that has been found in your water sample for any contaminants that have been found to have a potential health impact to humans. This is the Evaluation column. The evaluation finding reads “OK” or “Exceeds” based on Maximum Contaminant Level Goals (MCLG) set by the EPA or Aquagenuity Recommended Levels. Contaminants which do not negatively impact your health will have a label of “No Health Impact” thought Aquagenuity may still have recommended levels or ranges based on non-health related factors such as aesthetic quality (e.g. color, smell, taste, etc.).
Here are some key terms that you should also be aware of.
EPA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates drinking water and determines safety levels for public drinking water.
MCL – Maximum Contaminant Level. For contaminants that they do regulate the EPA requires public water systems to keep contaminants below this level.
MCLG – Maximum Contaminant Level Goal. EPA water health research indicates that ideally, the contaminant’s concentration level should remain below this level to prevent ill health effects. Aquagenuity uses health-based standards of evaluation rather than regulatory standards. This means that contaminants may meet legal requirements but still fall below health-based standards.
AGR – Aquagenuity reviews public health research conducted by the World Health Organization and other State and Local organizations to determine recommended contaminant concentration levels when MCLG information is unavailable.
What are the health impacts?
We’ve correlated each toxin in your report with health risk information from the CDC and other public health organizations to help you understand how each contaminant can impact your health. Click on any toxin to see the health implications.
Added during the treatment of wastewater. Can cause nervouse system or blood problems and increased risk of cancer. We recommend a target amount of 0.
An herbicide. Can cause skin or eye irritation. Exposure over long periods may damage the liver, kidneys, eyes and spleen. We recommend a target amount of 0.
Occurs naturally from erosion of minerals that are radioactive. Can cause an increased risk of cancer. We recommend a target level of 0.
A metal found in discharge from refineries and other processes. Can cause vomiting and abdominal pain, increase in blood cholesterol and decrease blood sugar. We recommend a target level below 0.006 mg/L.
Occurs naturally from erosion and runnoff from production wastes. Can cause cancer, thickening and discoloration of the skin, problems with blood vessels, high blood pressure, heart disease and nerve effects. We recommend a target level of 0.
Occurs due to decas of asbestos cement and erosion of natural deposits. Can cause cardiovascular and reproductive problems. Recommended target level is less than 7 MFL (million fibers/L).
An herbicide. Can cause skin and eye irritation, as well as skin allergies. Long term exposure may damage the heart and liver. We recommend a target level less than 0.001 ml/g.
Discharge from drilling & metal refineries and natural erosion. Can cause Difficulties in breathing, increased blood pressure, changes in heart rhythm, stomach irritation, brain swelling, muscle weakness, and damage to the liver, kidney, heart, and spleen. We recommend a target level of 1.
Discharge from factories. Can cause anemia and increased risk of cancer. We recommend a target level of 0.
A toxic metal discharged from factories. Can cause damage to lungs, bones and digestive system. We recommend a target level of 0.004
Occurs due to erosion, discharge, corrosion of galvanized pipes and runoff from batteries or paint. Can cause kidney damage. We recommend a target level of 0.005.
A metallic element naturally occuring and through production processes. 2 versions, Trivalent and Hexavalent which gained prominence from Erin Brockovich. Can cause damage to kidney, liver, lungs, nasal, stomach and more. We recommend a target of 0.1
A common plumbing material. Acute copper poisoning can cause symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gastrointestinal illness, abdominal and muscle pain. We recommend a target level of 1.3 or less.
Fecal coliforms and E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes.
Microbes in these wastes may cause short term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. We recommend a level of 0.
A water additive or discharge from fertilizer factories. Can cause bone disease or mottled teeth in children. We recommend a target level of 4 or less.
Caused by lead service lines, lead containing solder, and brass fittings. Can cause kidney problems and high blood pressure in adults and reduced intelligence, impaired hearing and decreased growth in children. We recommend a target level of 0.
Caused by erosion, discharge from factories and runoff. Can cause kidney damage. We recommend a target level of 0.002.
Caused by runoff from fertilizer and erosion. Can cause serious illness and possible death to infants under 6 months. We recommend a target level up to 10.
Occurs from discharge from refineries and mines. Can cause hair or nail loss, numbness in fingers or toes and circulatory problems. We recommend a target level up to 0.05.
Occurs from discharge from factories and ore-processing sites. Can cause hair loss, changes in blood, kidney, intestine or liver problems. We recommend a target level of 0.0002.
Coliforms are bacteria that indicate that other, potentially harmful bacteria may be present. See fecal coliforms and E. coli. We recommend a target of 0.
Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness of water. It is used to indicate water quality and filtration effectiveness. Higher levels can cause short term symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches. We recommend a target level of 1 or less.
Occurs due to erosion of natural deposits. Can cause increased risk of cancer and kidney toxicity. We recommend a target level of 0.
What can I do next?
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